At the Israel premiere of a film in which he stars, actor Kevin Costner said he does not care whether anti-Israel activists, including Roger Waters, disapprove of his visit to the Jewish state.
“I don’t ask anyone’s permission to travel,” Costner said in an interview 5 April at a news conference at the Cinema City multiplex near the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya.
Asked by a reporter about Waters, a British musician known for his role as former Pink Floyd frontman and for promoting boycotts on Israel and castigating those who visit the country, Costner said: “Who? I haven’t heard of it,” adding: “I’ve received lots of love here. I wouldn’t have missed that.”
Costner, who in 1991 won two Academy Awards for directing and acting in “Dances with Wolves,” was in Israel for a screening of the upcoming action film “Criminal,” in which he stars alongside Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman and Israeli actress Gal Gadot.
But he told reporters at the cinema that he came to support the film’s Israeli director, Ariel Vromen.
“This is his country, his parents are here, and I’m very proud of him. He’s a young man who is truly doing well,” Costner said.